Match report

Richard Gasquet ©
3rd round
5/17/12 1 2 3 Tot
fr  Richard Gasquet 6 6 6 2
gb  Andy Murray 7 3 2 1
Andy Murray ©
  • Gasquet upsets Murray in Rome

    5/17/12 9:10 PM | Cheryl Murray
    After taking the first set, world No. 4 Andy Murray was dispatched by France’s Richard Gasquet in three sets.

    With afternoon shadows covering the court making play more difficult, Andy Murray was sent packing at his last scheduled pre-French Open event in the third round at the hands of Richard Gasquet.

    Gasquet was a bit off in the first set. The Frenchman had difficulty on serve, offering up a whopping 13 break point chances to Murray. The world No. 4 was only able to convert on one of the more than one dozen chances, but it still wasn’t quite enough to secure the set. Gasquet also managed to snag a service break, forcing Murray to win in the tiebreaker to take the set lead.

    Unfortunately for the Murray camp, his successes would largely end there for the match. Errors crept into the Scot’s game and Gasquet’s backhand began to do real damage to Murray’s game.

    The Scot was broken five times in the second and third sets, but only got one break of the Gasquet serve.

    Gasquet will take on David Ferrer in the quarterfinals.

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Andy did NOT blame his loss on back problems but apparently has had them since the beginning of the year.
This is terrible news because the problem sounds chronic. I'm gutted :( He should definitely miss RG.

deuce , 5/17/12 9:44 PM

I hope it is not chronic and that with some rest Andy will be fine in time for RG!!!!

Monalysa , 5/17/12 9:57 PM

I read on the Rome official site that his back has been bothering him since December :( and that his muscles were not yet ready. I hope he'll have enough time to rest and heal by RG.

danica , 5/17/12 10:28 PM

Murray beaten on clay yet again no surprise he lost to Raonic a couple of weeks ago and lost to Berdych at Monte Carlo

tennis2011 , 5/17/12 11:48 PM

well i excepted that and i dont think murray has any chance of RG whatsoever

isfand , 5/18/12 12:25 AM

Muzza will make quarters at best at RG. He really does not seem himself at the moment it is worrying. The top 3 really are leaving him behind now, Muzza fans will say give him time he has not 'peaked' yet. How do we know that, maybe we have seen the best of Muzza and it's just not quite good enough. I hope i'm wrong but at 25 now if its not this year or next, then i fear he may never win a slam.

brothdog , 5/18/12 9:38 AM

It is unfortunate that Muzza is letting the pressure to keep up with the big 3, win a slam etc, etc get to him. He is clearly nursing an injury and he needs to take care of that FIRST. There is no way he can compete and hope to win a slam if he is playing injured...................

He needs to pull out of RG and get his back sorted.................even if he drops to #100, he has the game to quickly rise in the rankings IF he is 100%..................

rafaisthebest , 5/18/12 9:49 AM

Murray losing against Gasquet is no indication of his form. They've always had close matches and either of them could win whenever they meet. The only thing that was off yesterday was his serve, but against Nalby and Gasquet he seemed to be moving and playing well. It was just unfortunate that he had to play someone who matches up to him.

Playing against Raonic is a lottery although I think Murray could have tried harder because he's always been able to overcome big servers.

There was no sign of back pain until he pulled out of Madrid. I remember sending an email to SKY, complaining about the insensitive way they announced that Rafa had pulled out of the SF against Murray in Miami with Annabel sayiing that Murray was devasted that he was missing out on the chance to beat Nadal after all the training and preparation he had received from Lendl to beat the top 3 and he was itching to putting it all into practice. So I don't think the back pain is bad enough for him to pull out of RG.

nadline , 5/18/12 11:33 AM

But nadline his serve was even worse than usual against Nalby and Gasquet. I posted a comment on the blog about it. I think his movement against Gasquet was compromised too.
The back is absolutely crucial to the serve and to movement. Andy says he's had back problems since December and I've no reason to think he's lieing. We can't possibly tell how he feels or know the extent of the problem.
He has no chance of winning RG and I personally hope he pulls out and doesn't come back till he's fully mended.

deuce , 5/18/12 1:38 PM

deuce, I'm just saying it's probably not bad enough to miss RG. He's still got a couple of weeks to rest.

It maybe that he is pushing himself too much.

nadline , 5/18/12 2:40 PM

He is a different ANIMAL in Grand Slams.Very consistent S/Finalist..........

hrsikesa , 5/18/12 3:31 PM

If he ends up in Ferrers or Berdychs quarter at French open it will be tough for him

tennis2011 , 5/18/12 6:28 PM

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1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
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